‘Assassin’s Creed’ – What Did You Think?

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The early buzz for Assassin’s Creed wasn’t exactly inspiring. The video game adaptation was called “convoluted hokum” and “peculiar, arrestingly uninviting nonsense,” which is the consensus among film critics. Over the holiday season, we’ll see how audiences respond to Justin Kurzel‘s film — a mostly distancing experience from start to finish.

Below, let us know what you think of Assassin’s Creed, but beware of spoilers from here on out.

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Assassin's Creed - Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender

Just because Hollywood has arguably never made a good video game adaptation does not mean they will never make one, and Assassin’s Creed certainly has better pedigree than most. It’s got a promising director (Justin KurzelMacbeth) and a prestigious cast more in line with an Oscar-nominated Shakespeare drama than a big-budget blockbuster (including Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, who starred in Kurzel’s Macbeth). The source material is incredibly popular, and has the kind of look that people describe as “cinematic.” Plus, the early trailers have been full of exciting Spanish Inquisition-era action. So is this it? Is this the movie that finally breaks the video game curse? Well, the first reviews are in, so you can find out what the critics think after the jump.

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Assassin's Creed Featurette

This holiday season, Hollywood will get yet another attempt at proving they can turn a video game into a decent movie. Warcraft wasn’t the hit that Legendary Pictures hoped it would be, even if it was the most successful video game movie of all time, so now 20th Century Fox is hoping Assassin’s Creed can do the trick.

Michael Fassbender stars in the movie about a man who is hooked up to a machine called The Animus that allows a team of scientists to tap into the experiences of his ancestors. A new Assassin’s Creed featurette dives into the science of the machine’s genetic time travel and explains how the concept of the video game is being adapted into a movie. Read More »

assassin's creed clip

We’re less than a month away from the release of Assassin’s Creed and I can’t help but wonder if anyone outside of the faithful are prepared to lay down money to watch Michael Fassbender kind-of sort-of time travel into the distant past so he can stab people in the face. While these video games have a strong following (and a few of them have been genuinely great), I’ve yet to encounter any non-gamers who have greeted the trailers with anything more than a shrug. In a month where it has to battle the likes of Rogue One, Passengers, and Sing, Assassin’s Creed is far from a sure thing, even if it’s a good movie.

The first clip from the film has arrived and it shows off Fassbender and Marion Cotillard looking very intense in order to sell a potentially silly situation. Is this the kind of clip that 20th Century Fox’s marketing team thinks will get butts in seats? I have no idea. I just sit stand at the sidelines and shout at movie news all day.

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Steven Knight Interview

Screenwriter Steven Knight‘s latest film, Allied, has shootouts, impeccable costumes, exotic locations, and two appealing movie stars, but there’s a fine conflict to go along with all the eye candy. Over 30 years ago, Knight was inspired to one day write about a Canadian intelligence officer (Brad Pitt) who learns his wife, a former French Resistance fighter (Marion Cotillard), might be a spy for the Germans.

Allied is based on a true story Knight was told in his 20s, but his version of the story plays out differently. Knight took the premise he heard, ran with it, and turned it into the movie we see today. His script ended up in the hands of director Robert Zemeckis, who crafted some top-notch sequences in the film we recently asked Knight about.

The screenwriter behind Eastern PromisesDirty Pretty ThingsPeaky Blinders, and next year’s Taboo took the time to discuss setting up challenges for himself, directing, rules, and some of Allied‘s standout scenes.

Below, read our Steven Knight interview.

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Assassin's Creed trailer

Michael Fassbender may be able to fly and bend metal as Magneto in the X-Men movies, but he stands to pull off an even more impressive feat in his last film of the year, Assassin’s Creed: convincing audiences that a video game movie can actually be good. Okay, perhaps we’re being a bit unfair — Warcraft definitely had its moments, even if it was kind of a mess overall, and The Angry Birds Movie was a bonafide box office hit — but the fact remains that on the whole, audiences have had very good reason to be skeptical about video game movies for a very long time.

Thankfully, though, this one looks more promising than most. Fassbender’s Macbeth director Justin Kurzel is at the helm, and based on the footage so far it appears he has not lost his eye for beauty. Plus, it’s got an all-star cast including Marion Cotillard, Ariane Labed, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson, and Michael K. Williams. That’s a freakin’ great lineup for any movie. Check out the newest Assassin’s Creed trailer below.  Read More »

Allied trailer

All relationships have secrets, but any problems you have with your significant other will surely pale in comparison to Brad Pitt‘s issues with Marion Cotillard in the new trailer for AlliedRobert Zemeckis‘ romantic thriller stars Pitt as Max, an intelligence officer who meets French resistance fighter Marianne (Cotillard) during World War II. They’re assigned to pose as a couple for a mission, but begin to fall in love for real. So far, so good; Allied sounds like a star-crossed romance set against the dramatic backdrop of war.

But when Max and Marianne return to London and start to build a home, a shocking revelation threatens to destroy the trust they’ve built. Max gets word that Marianne is under suspicion of working for the enemy, and finds himself tasked with killing the woman he’s come to love. Told you their problems were more serious than yours. Watch the Allied trailer below.

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Allied spot

Unless you’ve spent the entire day sleeping under a rock at the bottom of the ocean, you’ve probably heard that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are over. And unless you’ve also spent the past decade-plus sleeping under that same rock, you probably recall that rumors about that relationship first began around the release of Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Anyway, on a completely unrelated note, Paramount has dropped a new spot for their upcoming film Allied, a spy thriller starring Pitt that basically looks like Mr. & Mrs. Smith as a World War II drama. Watch the Allied trailer below.  Read More »

Allied teaser trailer

Robert Zemeckis‘ last movie, The Walk, sank down and disappeared without a trace, but maybe his next one will have better luck staying afloat. It surely helps that Allied boasts the combined beauty and star power of Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, who play spies in World War II. They’re assigned to work together as pretend husband and wife, but as invariably happens with these situations in the movies, they start to fall in love for real. Watch the first

Watch the first Allied teaser trailer below.

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Allied first look pic

We’re only three months away from seeing another Robert Zemeckis film. Allied has an Awards-friendly release date and stars Brad PittMarion Cotillard, Lizzy CaplanMatthew Goode, and Jared Harris. Making the WWII drama all the more promising, it’s also written by Steven Knight (Locke), whose new showTaboo, comes to FX next year.

Below, check out the full Allied first look.

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